Last week, we were contacted by Sahil Om Madan’s PR and suggested an interview with him. He is a Type 1 Diabetic. So, here’s Sahil Madan’s Journey as a Type 1 Diabetic.
Sahil Madan’s Journey as a Type 1 Diabetic
Diagnosed at the age of 20, his major symptoms were weight loss, frequent urination and eye sight problems. Others would have been devastated. But, Sahil’s willpower helped him.
Once treatment began, how was your journey till now?
I started with insulin therapy immediately and it’s been a journey with a lot of ups and downs. Managing Type 1 diabetes is very dynamic – no two days are similar. You have to go through a lot of trials and errors and learn from them. Doctors can help to a certain extent only. Also, the Indian population has low awareness about it. So, social stigmas exist and it affects the mental health as well. I had a very strong willpower from the beginning and that has helped me a lot. Creating awareness and breaking social stigmas gave me a purpose in life and much required self-confidence.
What are the drawbacks of being a type 1 diabetic?
I personally feel that apart from the financial burden, there is no drawback if the condition is managed well. I feel there are advantages in terms of having a healthy lifestyle and routine which is difficult to maintain otherwise, here you have got no other option.
How do you keep yourself fit despite all odds?
Again, the answer is mindset, I have been doing a high pressure corporate job for 8 years and also tried modelling, theatre and fitness. There were days when I slept only 5-6 hours but I never missed my training routine. Also, learning about fitness, latest diabetes technology helped me a lot. I have always believed and taught that fitness is a lifestyle and not any 2-month fat loss program. Your approach has to be right.
What is your support system?
My Family and friends to an extent but I never looked for acceptance or support from anyone apart from myself. I have always tried to manage things by myself and looked for support only when required.
What inspired you to start FUSED Training?
When I was growing up and wanted to start exercising, I couldn’t find a single trainer in India (online/offline), who had the knowledge and expertise of training people living with Type 1 Diabetes. When I co-founded an NGO and met more Type 1 diabetics, I realized that everyone was struggling when it came to sports and fitness with diabetes. So, I completed my fitness and diabetes education and that resulted in FUSED Training.
What do you look forward to?
I look forward to creating a diabetes health movement through FUSED training and scaling up the platform online and starting specialized offline sports and fitness centers across India.